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viola d'amore

[vee-oh-luh dah-mawr-ey, -mohr-ey, -duh-] /viˈoʊ lə dɑˈmɔr eɪ, -ˈmoʊr eɪ, -də-/
noun, plural viola d'amores.
1.
a treble viol with numerous sympathetic strings and several gut strings, producing a resonant sound.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Italian: literally, viol of love
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viola d'amore

/vɪˈəʊlə dæˈmɔːrɪ/
noun
1.
an instrument of the viol family having no frets, seven strings, and a set of sympathetic strings. It was held under the chin when played
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, literally: viol of love
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